March Slice of Life No. 3.
Early Sunday morning . . .
Sounds like a distant train whistle floating over the hush of my world at rest.
Smells like the darkness of coffee in my favorite mug, warming my hands
Tastes like crisp bacon and a slice rustic bread toasted to a crunch spread with peach-pepper jelly.
Looks like twilight between a night ending and a day beginning.
Feels like all is at peace in my heart and home.
A thought for today…
Has anyone ever told you “Just breathe”?
Well, that’s really good advice.
Just think of it for a moment. Breathing is inhaling and exhaling. You must inhale to live, but you must also exhale to live. Inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. Together the a key to life.
To live, we must inhale goodness, kindness, grace, peace, joy. To live, we must exhale bitterness, hatred, rage, hurt, fear.
Inhale thoughts and words of life; exhale thoughts and words of death.
[W]hatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
This made me think of a favorite song: Just Breathe by Jonny Diaz. It starts out very frenetic with a to do list a mile long and just words after words after words. And then in the chorus everything comes to a halt, and he sings “Breathe, just breathe.” I love it.
I was right there with you on your Sunday morning–I am constantly urging my students to begin a piece by using their senses—so effective!
I love this and will be rereading it in the future. Your words are so true. Your breath is life and spirit. Thank you for sharing this today, Alice.
You are so right. Both kinds of breathing are necessary for a healthy live. So many people don
t exhale negativity allowing it to fester and take over their lives.
A positive message. So much to take from it. This is a mantra to keep- “To live, we must inhale goodness, kindness, grace, peace, joy. To live, we must exhale bitterness, hatred, rage, hurt, fear.” Thank you
“Feels like all is at peace in my heart and home.” That’s the exact feeling I got when I read this slice. Lovely.
Your thoughts this Sunday morning are calming, beginning w/ your meditative poem, and concluding w/ the Bible verses, which are some of my favorite, although I haven’t thought about them in a while. Years ago I learned a song based on Proverbs 27.3.
This line: To live, we must inhale goodness, kindness, grace, peace, joy. To live, we must exhale bitterness, hatred, rage, hurt, fear. I will carry it with me — so powerful and so true. Thank you for your gift to us all today.
Mmm… your description of the early morning using all the senses is enveloping. I might need to use that format myself. And then, just breathe. A perfect combination. Thanks for helping start my morning so well.
This was a great Sunday morning wake up post, Alice. Thank you. Going to get in touch with each of my senses now to experience this moment more fully!
I love the 5 senses format you used!
Your slice doesn’t only sound it, it actually feels tender. Beautiful words, softly spoken.
Love this and the vivid description of your physical setting and then the thought for today, such a precious passage, one of my favourites!
I love how you engross the reader from the start by using your five senses to describe your Sunday morning. I was hooked!